“Both intermittent and periodic fasting result in benefits ranging from prevention to the enhanced treatment of diseases” √, Cell Metabolism study from 2016.
During fasting we obtain energy thanks to fat reserves and ketogenic bodies, and it
helps us not to depend so much on our glucose (sugar) stores for energy.
Intermittent fasting (IMF), helps in reducing oxidative stress levels to cells throughout the body. Thus, the body is less susceptible to cellular aging and disease development.
What health benefits have IMF?
A study in 2015 found that a longer duration of night time fasting was associated with a decrease in markers of inflammation. In the journal Rejuvenation Research, alternate-day fasting helped reduce markers of oxidative stress.
Leptin, also known as the satiety hormone, is a hormone produced by the fat cells that helps signal when it’s time to stop eating. Your leptin levels drop when you’re hungry and increase when you’re full. Increased leptin resistance is related to obesity.
Intermittent fasting is a method to increase fat-burning and weight lost while supporting metabolic and cognitive health, by acting as an antioxidant.